CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a matchup of the two top teams in the Ivy League, No. 14 Harvard (10-4, 4-1 Ivy League) field hockey fell, 3-2, to No. 9 Princeton (11-4, 5-0 Ivy League) at Berylson Field on Saturday afternoon.
While Princeton had an early edge in shots and chances, it was Harvard that put the Tigers on the back foot midway through the second quarter. Sophomore Olivia Hoover made a nice pass into the circle to Casey Allen, who fired a reverse stick shot high into the net at 8:11 of the second quarter to put Harvard up 1-0.
Princeton responded just before the end of the first half, as Hannah Davey scored on a penalty corner with :41 remaining in the second quarter to tie the game.
Harvard regained the momentum at 3:47 of the third quarter as sophomore Rachel Greenwood found Maddie Earle in the middle for another reverse stick shot that beat Princeton goalkeeper Grace Baylis high to make it 2-1.
But the Tigers would add two goals on penalty corners, one late in the third quarter (10:53) and another early on in the fourth (2:10) to take their first lead of the game.
Harvard's lone penalty corner attempt of the fourth quarter was blocked away by the Tigers with 3:55 to play, and Princeton held on for the victory.
- Harvard and Princeton are now 2-2 in the last four regular season meetings, with each team winning on the road.
- Casey Allen matched her career high with her fifth goal of the season.
- Maddie Earle has goals in three of Harvard's last four games.
- Princeton held a 12-7 advantage on shots, and a 5-4 edge on penalty corners.
Harvard plays its final non-league contest next Wednesday (Oct. 30) when it hosts Boston University at Berylson Field in a 6 p.m. contest on ESPN+.